Amiti Sen

  • Commerce dept hesitant in handling wheat imports

    Commerce dept hesitant in handling wheat imports

    The commerce department has written to the empowered group of ministers (eGoM) on wheat imports, asking it to reconsider the decision of making it the nodal department for importing wheat.

    India seeks 50% cut in bound rates on industrial goods

    India seeks 50% cut in bound rates on industrial goods

    India has come up with a proposal that both developed and developing countries of the WTO at least halve their existing bound tariffs on industrial goods, a plan that is likely to surprise developed members like the EU and the US.

    SEZs set to be allowed to import used machinery, plants

    SEZs set to be allowed to import used machinery, plants

    The government has decided to allow SEZ units to import used plant or machinery without any quantitative restrictions , provided the machinery was not used by the assessee (unit-owner ) or previously used in India.

    SEZ goods may get CST waiver in DTA

    SEZ goods may get CST waiver in DTA

    While supply from DTA to SEZs is exempt from CST under the SEZ Act, a similar exemption is not provided to supplies from SEZ to DTA.

    All Fools Day rates basis for DEPB II

    All Fools Day rates basis for DEPB II

    Reimbursement of state taxes to exporters under the new scheme replacing the duty entitlement pass book (DEPB) scheme - the popular yet controversial duty reimbursement scheme - will be on the basis of the rates prevailing on April 1, 2007.

    'Non-food items need GI protection'

    'Non-food items need GI protection'

    India wants EU to accord geographical appellations (GI) protection to non-food items like Kanjeevaram sarees and Kolhapuri chappals.

    Chicago chorus

    Chicago chorus

    Yes, Chicago was windy all right, but it won over with the warmth of its citizens and the quirky charm of its buildings and sights.

  • Amiti Sen

    We’ve got Visa power!

    India and Pakistan have once again proved to all skeptics that when they talk business, they mean business! The signing of the new bilateral visa agreement replacing the restrictive 37 year old pact is yet...

    Amiti Sen

    Chinese Checkers

    It may not be easy for Indians to love the Chinese. But it is impossible to hate them. Yes, they do flood us with cheap products ranging from diyas and crackers to chemicals, metals, electronics...

    Amiti Sen

    Economics scores over mindless patriotism

    If Pakistan needed to show proof of its sincerity in wanting closer economic ties with  India, it has indeed done so. It finally walked the talk this week with its Federal Cabinet agreeing to put...

    Amiti Sen

    Economics scores over mindless patriotism

    If Pakistan needed to show proof of its sincerity in wanting closer economic ties with  India, it has indeed done so. It finally walked the talk this week with its Federal Cabinet agreeing to put...

    Amiti Sen

    India-EU FTA–not a lost cause

    The Indian media is full of stories on how the India-EU free trade agreement will not be signed during the India-EU summit in New Delhi on Friday.  I wonder what made people think that the...

    Amiti Sen

    India-Pakistan’s MFN roller-coaster

    When the Pakistani Cabinet decided on November 2 to allow grant of most favoured nation or MFN status to India that would result in removal of import restrictions, the media, as expected, went to town...

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